Spring load restrictions

Notice of Rice County's 2022 spring load restrictions

Spring load restrictions

Spring Load Restrictions on Rice County State Aid Highways and County roadways were terminated Thursday, May 5.

Rice County State Aid Highways and County roadways remain subject to permanent maximum allowed axle weight restrictions. A permanent Maximum Allowed Axle Weight Restriction map is posted here.

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Spring Load Restrictions

What are Spring Load Restrictions?

Each year during the spring thaw (typically early-March to mid-May), state, county and local agencies impose axle weight restrictions to protect the investment that has been made in their roadways. The two primary causes for premature deterioration of bituminous pavement are weather and traffic load. As the frost is leaving the ground during the spring thaw every year, the gravel under the roadbed has high moisture content, which weakens the load carrying capacity of the bituminous pavement. 

In order to protect and prolong the service life of the roadways, axle weight restrictions are imposed during the spring thaw every year, when the roadbeds are most susceptible to damage (due to the weakened subgrade).

When are Spring Load Restrictions in effect?

The period in which restrictions can last vary depending upon frost and weather conditions, but usually last a minimum of eight weeks. Rice County uses the spring load restriction dates set by MnDOT as a guideline for Rice County’s road network. 


2022 Spring Load Restrictions

Spring Load Restrictions Start: March 14, 2022
Spring Load Restrictions End : May 5, 2022

Historical Spring Load Restriction start and end dates for Rice County

2021 Spring Load Restrictions
Spring Load Restrictions started: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Spring Load Restrictions ended: Monday, April 26, 2021

2020 Spring Load Restrictions
Spring Load Restrictions started: Friday, March 6, 2020
Spring Load Restrictions ended: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

State statutes

169.823 Tire weight limits
169.87 Seasonal load restriction; route designation